Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

By Anna Salvatore
Friday, October 2, 2020, 1:52 PM

President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Senator Mike Lee have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to the Washington Post, raising concerns about a potential cluster of infections in the White House and Senate. Lee he attended a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting yesterday even though he had had flu-like symptoms. The president is also experiencing “mild symptoms,” and he missed a private call scheduled for this afternoon.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California blocked President Trump’s June order that suspended hundreds of thousands of visas for foreign workers, writes the New York Times. “Congress’ delegation of authority in the immigration context does not afford the President unbridled authority to set domestic policy regarding employment of nonimmigrant foreigners,” wrote Judge Jeffrey S. White in his 25-page decision.

Judge Reggie Walton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled yesterday that the Justice Department improperly redacted sections of the former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report concerning, among other issues, internal discussions about whether to charge certain individuals with crimes. The ruling compels the department to un-redact at least 15 pages from volume one of the report, Buzzfeed News notes.

The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution today condemning QAnon, an unfounded, far-right conspiracy, reports NPR. The measure—sponsored by Reps. Tom Malinowski and Denver Riggleman—passed 371-18. Seventeen Republicans voted against it and one voted “present.”

Belarus has announced retaliatory sanctions against the European Union after the EU earlier today sanctioned officials who serve Belarussian dictator Alexander Lukashenko, reports Deutsche Welle.As part of its sanctions, the Belarussian government has compiled a list of people barred from entering the country. The government has also canceled accreditation for all foreign journalists in the country, who will have to reapply under new rules..

Armenia has said it welcomes a ceasefire in its war with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh—an Armenian enclave landlocked in Azerbaijan. Haaretz reports that Armenia is willing to work with the U.S., France and Russia—the chairs of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe—to establish peace in the region, although it will still counteract aggression in Nagorno-Karabakh.

A Russian journalist at Koza Press self-immolated yesterday to protest the Russian secret police searching her apartment, according to the Guardian and Reuters. Shortly before setting herself on fire, Irina Slavina asked her followers to “blame the Russian Federation for my death.”

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Bill Priestap and Holden Triplett explained that U.S. companies face an espionage threat from state-supported companies in other countries.

John Bellinger and Sean Mirski discussed conflicting rulings on the scope of the Helms-Burton Act, which allows U.S. nationals to sue people who “traffick” property confiscated by Castro’s regime in Cuba.

Vishnu Kannan listed the national security highlights from Tuesday’s presidential debate.

Tia Sewell shared the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia’s decision allowing the government to sue John Bolton for publication of his recent memoir.

Paul Rosenzweig and Claire Vishik shared an annotated bibliography of terms relating to the trustworthiness of information and communications technology.

Jen Patja Howell shared the latest episode of The Lawfare Podcast called “Everything’s on Fire.” As part of Lawfare’s Arbiters of Truth disinformation series, Quinta Jurecic and Evelyn Douek spoke with the Times’s Charlie Warzel and Australia Business Insider’s Cam Wilson about online disinformation relating to wildfires.

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